With an increasing demand for automated mining and remote operation, mine owners and equipment operators are looking for intelligent technology that minimises exposure to risk and helps drive safer, more efficient operations.
One company that has redefined rockbreaking is Total Rockbreaking Solutions (TRS) with their exclusive BoomSafe automation and control package for fixed plant rockbreaker booms.
Recognised as the most reliable and cost-effective boom automation and remote operation system on the market, the rugged BoomSafe technology has been tried and tested over many years and many installations to be simple to operate, customise and maintain.
BoomSafe is purpose-built for hydraulic boom systems. It provides safe and reliable remote operation, and incorporates automated movements and advanced collision prevention to improve the safety of any fixed pedestal boom system.
There’s no doubting the versatility of the TRS BoomSafe system. It can be retrofitted to any brand of boom without the need to make any large changes to hydraulic equipment, which means no heavy lifting equipment is required for installation or commissioning.
According to TRS Engineering Manager Paul Ingleson, BoomSafe is designed for simple operation and maintenance, and combines a series of customisable features to make the system as user-friendly as possible.
“Operators can execute automated movements such as ‘Park’, ‘Deploy’, ‘Tool Replacement Position’, ‘Hammer Change Position’ with the press of a single button, improving speed and precision. These commands are easy to setup and can be configured without specialist technicians,” Ingleson said.
“The system can also control hammer orientation, enabling accurate positioning of the hammer to a specific location and orientation for tool replacement or hammer change.”
At the heart of BoomSafe is an automated collision prevention system allowing maintenance personnel to set up a safe work area where the boom is allowed to operate.
“BoomSafe provides collision prevention by monitoring the position and orientation of the boom, and ‘supervising’ all operator movement instructions, whether from local radio control or a remote control room controller,” Ingleson said.
This unique ‘operator assist’ function automatically corrects and adjusts the human operator-initiated movements caused i.e. by operator fatigue or error and directs the boom back into the safe work area, instead of halting the boom operation and requiring further operator intervention to continue.
Additionally, the system will also take inputs from other sensors such as safety gates, to ensure the integrity of the safe ‘no go’ area around the vicinity of rockbreaker during operation.
A standout feature of BoomSafe is its ability to offer operators control of all their network-connected rockbreaker boom systems from a single workstation.
“Our aim is to help customers take advantage of efficiencies by leveraging the latest technologies available in the areas of automation and control.”
“BoomSafe has been designed with true multi-operation in mind, allowing a single remote module application to control a group of rockbreakers on a single workstation” Ingleson said.